President Trump speaks with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde as they attend the Gender Equality Advisory Council Breakfast during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.
Touching the thorny issue of Germany's relatively low defense spending, Merkel acknowledged that Trump's criticism was partly correct and that Berlin had to do more to reach NATO's goal of spending to 2 percent of economic output on defense. That picture was, we were waiting for the document.
"I'm not saying that none of the things he wants will happen", Merkel said in an interview with ARD public television.
The joint statement says the leaders of the US, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, and Canada "acknowledge free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade is a key engine for growth and jobs", and commits the G7 to modernise the World Trade Organisation.
Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership. "That was, that was such an innocent picture". Trump himself looks like a comically petulant child, and John Bolton, the National Security Advisor, appears to be nervous, staunchly standing by the president.
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G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, but they are unhappy he pulled out of an worldwide agreement to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.
The UK prime minister expressed disappointment over United States decision to tax steel and aluminum imports from the European Union. Merkel called Trump's decision "sobering and a bit depressing", and Macron also offered a strong rebuke.
Trump also incorrectly claimed that the photo was released by the USA team. "That was put out by my people", Trump told Stephanopoulos.
Taken by Mr Jezco Denzel, a photographer working for the German government and victor of a category award in this year's prestigious World Press Photo award, the German picture shows Dr Merkel dominant.